News, Signings and The Rantings Of A Madman
Happy Valentines Day People! And as we are 1/2 way thru February, the time for Kickoff of the Arena Seasons is fast approaching. Tons going on in the AAL, AFL, NAL and the A-League, so sit back and lets talk Football!!
Over In the National Arena League….. The Massachusetts Pirates announced the signings of DE Dajaun Drennon, DB Al Louis-Jean and K Tyler Rausa for the 2019 Season.
Drennon played 43 games at North Carolina from 2014-2017 and recorded 125 tackles with five sacks and two passes defended. After college Drennon went to the New York Giants rookie camp where he found that a player’s ability to excel mentally is what can set him apart from the rest.
Louis-Jean was born in Boston and grew up in Brockton, MA. At Brockton High in 2010 he was a Super 26 All-State selection and earned honors as a defensive back from the Boston Globe and the Boston Heard. He committed to the University of Miami but then had a change of heart and stayed home, taking his talents to Boston College. He saw action in ten games his freshman year, missed his second season and came back in year three, taking the field in 11 games. In his 21 games he notched 36 tackles and then declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft. Despite not being drafted he was able to sign a free agent contract with the Chicago Bears. He was promoted to the practice squad and later was activated, seeing the field in nine games in 2014 where he recorded nine tackles and broke up one pass.
Rausa, the former Boise State and Columbus Lions kicker made 89.7 percent of his extra points (26 of 29) and connected on 6 or 13 field goals for 46.2 percent. Both totals were best in the league. Tyler kicker from Murrieta, CA now is looking forward to relocating and taking his shot with the Pirates.
The Orlando Predators are making a FAST Dash to get ready for the 2019 Season and will be holding a last minute tryout this SUNDAY in Orlando. Big things in the BIG City of Orlando.. and let’s see what Kenny does to make that Predator Magic come back!
The Jacksonville Sharks have announced today that they have signed Wide Receiver Chad Walcott (6’2, 212) for his fourth season of arena football. Walcott started his arena career with the Triangle Torch of the Supreme Indoor Football league in 2016 where he scored 12 touchdowns as a rookie. Walcott returned to the Torch in 2017 for his second year in arena football. During that time, he racked up 18 touchdowns in seven games and made the SIF All-Star selection list as well as being named the 2017 Supreme Indoor Football Offensive MVP. Last season. During his third season, he played for the Cape Fear Heroes of the newly formed American Arena League (AAL). Walcott, finished the 2018 season helping the Cape Fear Heroes to a AAL Semifinals game appearance. In addition, Walcott was honored as a 2018 AAL All-Star and played in the AAL’s All-Star game.
Fullback Alstevis Squirewell (6’0,265) signs with the Jacksonville Sharks for his first year of arena football. Squirewell attended the Green Bay Packers rookie mini camp and training camp before signing with the Jacksonville Sharks for the 2019 season. Squirewell attended Newberry College, a Division II school, and played on the defensive line. From 2013-2015, Squirewell totaled 154 tackles (69 solo) (85 assisted), 13 sacks, two interceptions, four batted balls, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one blocked kick. In 2015, his lone interception was returned for a 32-yard touchdown.
Over in the American Arena League(AAL) The West Virginia Roughriders have re-signed offensive lineman/tight end James Carter Sr. for the 2019 season, the team announced on Monday, January 14th, 2019. Carter Sr, a former graduate and player for NC Wesleyan and mainstay standout for the previous team who played in Richmond, the Richmond Raiders, was signed by the Richmond Roughriders in their 2017 inaugural season at the Richmond Coliseum. Carter was instantly a fan favorite since his first days with the Raiders, as the fans gave him the name “Big Game James”, and that still rang true for the Roughriders as James Carter Sr. would become a tremendous help along the offensive line and a true asset to the Roughriders high scoring offense, paving the way for an undefeated inaugural championship season in 2017 and another championship appearance in 2018.
The AAL has announced a partnership with QB54; a product of Team Silva. Enterprises. QB54 is an outdoor football game that provides the total fan experience for tailgating, family BBQ/s, camping, beach or lake activities or for just plain hanging out in the backyard. QB54 is the “Official Tailgate Game of the AAL”. “The AAL was looking to enhance our fan experience by adding Game Day activities. The QB54 has been taking universities by storm during tailgating activities and as part of in-game activities” stated Tony Zefiretto, AAL CEO.
Michael Silva shared, “There are no words to describe the level of excitement we have for this partnership. The AAL is an incredible organization and the fans that support the AAL are tremendous. We are honored to be a part of the AAL family and culture. We cannot wait to get our game out there to the AAL fans so they can enjoy it as much as we do. We welcome all of you to the QB54 Nation with open arms. AAL tailgates will never be the same!”
The concept of QB54 was created by brothers Michael and Frank Silva. Ever since they can remember, the brothers created their own games to entertain themselves. QB54 actually started out when they were 9 and 12 years old while using 2 garbage cans. They initially called it, “The QB Thanksgiving Classic”. During Thanksgiving, while their friends left to go visit family, Michael and Frank were watching football on TV. As with most kids, they became bored and were itching to play football. Their solution to play football with two people? Ah garbage cans!!! Their parents thought we were crazy but they considered themselves, “Kid Geniuses”. They set up the trash cans and started throwing, and throwing and throwing in attempt to get their football to fall into the garbage can. Those trashcans later turned into five gallon buckets which evolved into today’s manufactured product. The brothers are now in their mid 40’s and there still throwing.
To learn more about QB54 you can go to the website and online store at www.playQB54.com, you can reach Michael or Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org Also check them out on their QB54 Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
Over in The Arena Football League(AFL), The AFL officially announces that it is launching a team in Columbus, Ohio, to begin play in Spring of 2019. The team will play its home games at Nationwide Arena, and will play a total of 12 games during the regular season. Previously during its five years as the Columbus Destroyers (2004-2008), the team established a rich history and a loyal fan base averaging over 14,000 fans per game. Beyond its attraction to fans, the team received widespread support from the surrounding business community.
The Arena Football League also announced its 2019 season schedule, along with rule changes for the upcoming season. AFL teams will play 12 regular-season games beginning on April 26th. The League will retain the playoff format adopted last season, with four teams advancing to the playoffs. The new rule changes will take effect this season and are designed to improve players’ safety, speed up the game and enhance the fans’ gameday experience.
“AFL football is the most exciting, high-scoring, innovative brand of football and we’re looking forward to bringing it to even more fans this season,” said Randall Boe, Commissioner of the AFL. “The rule changes will make the AFL game more thrilling and engaging as they speed play up, making the game last closer to two hours—which we think is the optimal amount of time.”
The AFL season will begin with a rematch of 2018’s ArenaBowl XXXI, when the Baltimore Brigade hosts the reigning ArenaBowl champions, the Washington Valor. In 2019, each team will play 12 regular-season games over the course of 13 weeks, allowing for one bye week per team. The regular season concludes on July 21, and playoffs begin on July 27.
The postseason will follow the same format as the 2018 postseason, with the top four teams qualifying for the playoffs. There will be a pair of home-and-home series between the opponents in the first round of the playoffs. The two teams with the highest aggregate score following these games will advance to ArenaBowl XXXII, to be played in the second weekend of August. The ArenaBowl game is played as a traditional single-event game, with the winner being crowned the World Champions of Arena Football.
The new rules are aimed at shortening the length of games, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the action in a game already filled with intensity. Rule changes were made to the second-quarter timing rules, the fourth-quarter timing rules, media timeouts, coaches’ timeouts and timing after extra-point kicks.
The first-half’s one-minute timing rules will be eliminated. There will be no automatic clock stoppage at the one-minute mark in the second quarter and the game clock will follow regular guidelines. Additionally, in the fourth quarter, the traditional AFL clock stoppage rules will not take effect until the thirty second mark.
The number and duration of media timeouts will be reduced.
Each team will have three timeouts per half. Two of the three timeouts will be clock-stoppage timeouts only: the game clock will stop and the play clock will reset immediately. The third team timeout in each half will remain a traditional timeout.
A 60-second play clock will be implemented following the extra-point attempt, and/or two-point conversion attempt, with the exception of media timeouts.